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日本語の練習

外国語を習うのは難しいです。特に祖国以外では難しいです。
今年12月にJLPT2級を取るので、日本語で書くすることを練習してほうがいいと思います。ですから時々このジャーナルで私は日本語で書きます。間違えところを見つかったらどうぞ私を正してください。

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A Game of Thrones and Dragons

Since a fellow Bioware fankid over at the ME community recommended it, I've been devouring George R.R. Martin's "A Game of Thrones" series. I read the first book in a day and will complete the second sometime tonight (it has taken me 3 days, but those were workdays).
I really love this series. I love and hate the characters. I love the fantasy-- at turns sick, dark, or liberating--the complex political machinations, and the dirty, dirty sex.

But I've also come to notice that many of the names and concepts are either exact copies or eerily similar to the DragonAge games. Which makes me wonder if Bioware is actively stealing from the books or just being subconsciously influenced.....
So many fantasy authors steal from each other and recycle names, ideas, and concepts over and over again. Martin's books aren't completely original, but the recycled content is only about 30%. The rest is very original and very good. But it bugs me terribly when people can't be bothered to come up with original names. Ichtiya, Meridia, Persephi-- I just made those up, right now. See? It's not hard.

Looking forward to devouring a third book this weekend.

Drawrings

My creative juices have been dehydrated.... that sounds really gross.

Since I quit writing for Evilbeet on the weekends, I don't think I've typed out a single article, blog, short story, what-have-you. The only writing I've been doing is emailing students and faculty at work.

The thing is, when I get home from 8 hours of doing bullshit, I have to take care of mundane things like laundry, cooking dinner, cleaning, showering, working out.... by the time that's all taken care of, I just want to veg out, watch tv, maybe play a game....  why isn't there any time to do the things I want to do? Christ. I'm becoming increasingly mentally sedentary. And there's not much I can do about it, unless I manage to get a job that challenges me creatively.

Fat chance with that in this economy. 

High Fashion

I watched "The September Issue" last night on Netflix and read an article about Zac Posen's Target line in the WSJ this morning. It's got me thinking about fashion-- in particular the fashion industry's apparent disdain for anyone who doesn't feel like spending $2,000 on a shirt.  

I've been reading Vogue since I was 10. To me, it was never about wearable fashion-- Haute Couture is so out there it's more like art or fantastic costume play than something you'd ever wear to work. If you saw most of the models in that mag walking down your street, wearing what they wear in the spreads, you'd think they were crazy, homeless, or drug addicts. That doesn't mean I can't appreciate its artistic value, or can't recgnize Karl Lagerfeld when I see him, or don't look to my 5 monthly fashion magazine subscriptions (and illegal downloads of Japanese mags on the internet) for inspiration. It just means I will never, ever spend $5,000 on a handbag because that is an utterly fucking ridiculous price to pay for a purse. Period. I don't care who you are or how much money you make, $5,000 for a purse is inexcusable.

Some might argue that as a percentage of income $5,000 isn't that outlandish for someone making 7 or 8 figures-- that it's the equivalent of my $25K per anum (misspelling pun intended) ass spending $40 on one. But it's not. Everything is not relative. $5,000 is still $5,000 whether it MEANS something to the person spending it or not. It's more than a year's salary in many countries, and I don't see how you can justify spending it on a goddamn purse....of which you have 3.... in different shades..... that you never wear in favor of the other 200 purses you have....

But just because I have common sense doesn't mean I don't have fashion sense.

I look at the spreads in Vogue, W, Harper's etc and use it as inspiration. The general feeling I get from a season or collection (rather than buying specific pieces for obscene amounts of money) can color some of my selections when I head to Target, Dillard's, or the Salvation Army. It's not difficult to look like a million dollars when you actually have a million dollars to throw at your wardrobe; just stay skinny and ape whatever you see in Vogue and you're golden. It takes a lot more skill, effort, and yes, fashion sense, to be able to pull together a fashionable wardrobe armed with nothing more than a $50-a-month clothing budget and a lot of moxy. 

So... for your information, Anna Wintour, not everyone who isn't willing to spend a few grand on a dress shops at K-mart or looks like they came out of the wrong end of a Dress Barn.
And to the D-bag source quoted in yesterday's Zac Posen WSJ article: yes, the portion of the country not making 7 figures and not living in NY or LA whom you so disdainfully refer to as "middle America," fucking knows who Zac Posen is.  Who the hell do you think is reading 12 million issues of Vogue every month? Where exactly are the 4.2 million people who view Project Runway religiously every week? They're not all farting on piles of cash in coastal megalopolises, I can tell you that much. 

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